Fiddle solo, Eileen O'Shea - piano, Decca 12056. It is curious that these hornpipes would be labeled as barndances, which have structural and rhythmic features which distinguish them from other 4/4 tunes. The slow pace and flat keys of these tunes stand out from Coleman's usual playing of hornpipes, but otherwise they're played in his usual manner. The first tune is called the Souvenir de Venice in Ryan's Mammoth Collection, published in the 1880s. It is believed to be the composition of Parazotti, an Italian violinist who lived in Scotland. In the key of Eb, this tune is also popular with Scottish fiddlers, both in the old country and in Cape Breton, having also been recorded by the famous Scottish fiddler James Scott Skinner. In O'Neill's Music of Ireland the equally lovely second tune (Bb this time) is called the Bridge of Athlone, which is also the name of a ceili dance. The gentle pace and Coleman's characteristic wistful touches make this one of his most thoughtful recordings.
December 12, 2015 Subject:
Always good to hear more Coleman.
The notes above have the titles reversed. The medley should be listed as i. The Bridge of Athlone (see O'Neill's, 1903, source James O'Neill). ii. The Banks (source - Parazotti). aka Souvenir of Venice - source Ostinelli)